Yesterday was the last day of school for my first grader, who attends a Jewish day school. Although I’m a Jewish educator by profession, I count on her school to do most of the education. Granted, I was her teacher this year, but let’s not quibble over the details. I’ll still expect her to do most of her formal learning in school next year, when she’s in someone else’s hands. We home shul, but we emphatically do not home school. Way too hard.
Here’s a video I made for families of some of the highlights of the year in first grade. You’ll see kids blowing the shofar, picking apples for Rosh Hashanah, visiting a sukkah, decorating mezuzahs, playing twister in Hebrew, creating a giant mural of Mt. Sinai, and reading Hebrew books. There are also a few shots that look like they were taken at cheder in the shtetl – it was actually a trip to a living history museum.  Every time I watch the video, and I look at the smiles on the faces of these kids immersed in Jewish learning, I am reminded of why we pay day school tuition. (Click here and here for a few more reasons.)

Unfortunately, the audio cuts off quite abruptly at the end. I’m still learning how to use Imovie….

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